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Strengthening Emergency Response: D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R Workshop at RTEH, Muzaffargarh

In a world filled with unforeseen challenges, the importance of preparedness in the face of disasters and emergencies cannot be understated. To address this need, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital (RTEH), Muzaffargarh, hosted a comprehensive two-day workshop titled “D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R: Dynamic Interactive Scenario for Advancing Simulation in Emergency Response.” This workshop marked the cornerstone of a year-long certification program in Clinical Operations Management (CP COM), which began in January 2023.

This event brought together a distinguished group of experts and professionals, all united in their pursuit of elevating their proficiency in emergency response simulation. Under the guidance of esteemed trainers, Mr. Imran Jamal, Ms. Qurat ul Ain Maroof and Dr. Mohammad Nayab Khan, participants gained a profound understanding of Disaster Management within healthcare settings.

Day 1: Highlights

The workshop commenced with interactive sessions meticulously designed to enhance participants’ understanding of emergency scenarios. Mr. Imran Jamal, Manager, Clinical Services Management (Emergency Medicine), led the morning sessions. The engaging discussions allowed participants to explore various aspects of disaster preparedness, response strategies, and the crucial role of simulation training.

Practical demonstrations and immersive hands-on exercises provided profound insights into the intricate challenges of healthcare delivery during various disaster scenarios. Realistic simulations, ranging from departmental crises to hospital-wide emergencies, provided a genuine experience. Participants were organized into four groups, each rotating through different stations, concluding with comprehensive debriefing sessions.

Day 2: Highlights

The second day, orchestrated by Ms. Qurat ul Ain, Program Coordinator – CP COM, delved deeper into the realm of emergency response simulation. Participants had the privilege of applying their newfound knowledge in realistic scenarios, honing their decision-making, teamwork, and coordination skills in a controlled environment. Mr. Muhammad Arshad, a seasoned trainer from Rescue 1122, shared invaluable insights, ensuring a holistic learning experience. Dr. Jabeen Fayyaz, an International Speaker from SICKKIDS CANADA, emphasized the importance of cross-learning and collaboration at every level during disasters.

A highlight of Day 2 was the Mega Code Drill, led by Ms. Qurat ul Ain, an esteemed expert. This drill revolved around a national-level disaster, expanding upon scenarios introduced on the first day. Additionally, regional challenges such as earthquakes and floods, leading to dam breakage, were incorporated. This comprehensive exercise introduced participants to the concept of Command-and-Control Systems, with support from various law enforcement agencies.

The D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R workshop at RTEH represents a significant milestone in their ongoing commitment to fortify emergency response preparedness. Guided by seasoned trainers, participants left better equipped to handle crises and make meaningful contributions to the safety and well-being of their communities. This workshop serves as a resounding testament to the hospital’s unwavering dedication to excellence in healthcare and disaster management.

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